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How to preserve Roses?

How to preserve Roses?

Some of the ways you can preserve flowers:

Here you can find some of the ways you can preserve your own roses, giving them etrnel life.
most of the ways you can do at home with every day things you have in your house.

Preserving With Glycerin

The glycerin replaces water in the plant, resulting in a plant that never dries. The stem, leaves, and blooms will keep their texture and won’t get wrinkled. The feel of the flower after using glycerin will be rubbery and flexible.
By using glycerin, your flower will not dry out, keeping its graceful and lively form.

The drawback of using glycerin is that, while it keeps the supple texture of the leaves and flowers intact, the color will fade with time. That is why people who use glycerin to preserve their flowers often add food coloring or other dyes.

Another drawback is that glycerin is expensive and takes anywhere from two to six weeks to set.

Advantages:
Easy to do
Petals keep their texture

Disadvantages:
Cost
Color fades
long process



Freeze Drying

you will need to would look online for a freeze-drying service or consult your local florist, who may work with a freeze-drying company or be able to refer you to one. Freeze drying takes the moisture out of the petals. The result is lovely, bright, and timeless flowers. Another bonus is that freeze-dried flowers keep their scent.
Freeze drying flowers is a complicated and expensive process, but the result is lovely.
By freezing the flowers, you are keeping the same look and color they had before.

take extra care when handling them, the flowers will be extremely fragile in this state

Advantages:
Same look and color
keep their scent

Disadvantages:
Expensive
extremely fragile



Air Drying

Easiest and most common way to preserve flowers.

Take the leaves off of the stem of the flower.
Tie the flowers into small bundles of three or four using a rubber band.
Hang them upside down in a well-ventilated area. Keep them out of the sunlight and keep the heads separated if the flower has thick, moist petals.
Can take a week to several months depending on the flower you are drying.
Air dried flowers will be brittle, so you will have to handle carefully when taking them down.

Advantages:
Control over the whole process
retain their shape and smell

Disadvantages:
Long process
The flowers are brittle and can break easily


Pressing

Put the flowers on a piece of paper or inside a telephone book, making sure they do not overlap.
Put another piece of paper on top of flowers, or, if using a telephone book, close it.
Put a board or heavy piece of cardboard on top.
On top of the piece of cardboard or board, place something very heavy, like a pile of coffee-table books, a weight, or a big rock.
Let the weight put pressure on the flower for two to four weeks, depending on the moisture in the flower.
After a few weeks, remove the weight, board, and paper. Your flowers will be pressed and ready for display.


Advantages:
retain their color and texture
Simple and cheap

Disadvantages:
Limits how you can display the flowers
Easy to crush or damage the flowers in the book



Microwaving

It can be a bit risky, but it can also turn out great. First, you have to remove most of the stem from the flower that you want to preserve.

Find a container that is safe to use in a microwave. Try to stay away from using a plate unless you plan on not eating off of it again. Alternatively, you can place coffee filters around the flowers to absorb the excess moisture.
Use silica gel to cover the bottom of the container, no more than an inch or two.
Place the flowers blossom up in the gel and then add another inch of gel.
Set the microwave just above defrost for 2-5 min depending on the type of flower. Some flowers, like roses, can withstand higher temperatures. Check the progress of the flower and increase time/heat if needed.
Once the flowers are dry, remove the container from the microwave and cover it. Leave the container covered with a slight opening and let it sit for 24 hours.
Use a fine brush to clean the gel off of the petals.

Advantages:
Quick and cheap
Control over the whole process

Disadvantages:
It can be hard to judge the dryness of the flowers
It is easy to dry out the flowers too much and make them too brittle


Encasing the Flower in Epoxy Resin

If you want to preserve your flowers and turn them into decorations or paperweights, suspending them in epoxy resin is a great option. If you choose to use this method, you should spend some time deciding what type of mold you want to use. Your flowers will be sealed in the resin and take on the shape of the mold, so choose one that you think will look the best.

Fill the mold up halfway with epoxy resin.
Place the flowers in the mold and arrange them.
Fill up the rest of the mold with resin.
Wait until the resin dries.
Remove from the mold and display!

Advantages:
You can make cool shapes depending on the mold
The resin sets relatively fast

Disadvantages:
The flower is stuck in the position you leave it in
Limits the kind of displays you can do with the flowers


Sand

Any method that pulls the moisture out of a flower, causing it to dry, is a good way to preserve flowers. Sand does just that.

While sand is cheap, it can also get messy, and the tiny grains can get stuck in the flowers. This can make removing the sand a tedious process, particularly if the flower has deep crevices. Hanging your flowers upside down after using the sand is a good way to get rid of the excess grains.


Advantages:
Cheap and straightforward
Control over the dying process

Disadvantages:
Messy
Takes a long time


Silica Gel

This method works much like sand, in that its granules serve to extract all the moisture from plants and flowers.

Some brands of silica gel contain blue crystals that change color to indicate how much moisture has been absorbed. These blue crystals turn pink as they absorb moisture from the flowers, so you will know when the gel’s drying abilities have been expended. In order to use the gel again, you must bake it, removing all the moisture.

If you decide to preserve your flower using silica gel, you will have to put it in a container that is airtight to prevent the flower from drying out too much.

The advantage to this method is that you can continue to reuse the gel to dry out flowers and you have more control over how dry the flowers get. If you are someone who will be preserving lots of flowers, I recommend getting silica gel as it works quite well.


Advantages:
Easy to check on the drying process
You can control how dry you want the flowers to get
You can reuse the gel multiple times

Disadvantages:
The gel is expensive
It can take a while for the flowers to dry completely


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